Application Unit: Registrar's Office

Telephone       : 0 (312) 210 34 12 - 210 34 64 

Application Unit: Online Contact Form



11 - 18 OCTOBER, 2021


For “Middle East Technical University Directive for Special Students,” please click here.

Important Notice:

  • Students who will take courses from an undergraduate program as special students have to be enrolled in or graduated from a higher education program in order to apply.
  • Students who will take courses from a graduate program as a special student have to be enrolled in a master's, doctorate, or proficiency in arts program of another higher education institution, and their request to take the course as a special student have to be approved by the relevant higher education institution. Without these conditions, students cannot register for graduate-level courses.

Special student admissions require

  • For undergraduate-level courses, (i) approval of the lecturer and department chair.
  • For graduate-level courses, (i) approval of the lecturer, (ii) approval of the department chair, and (iii) the decision by the graduate school administrative board of the student's own university.

NOTE: The students who are already registered in any degree program at METU cannot take courses as a special student.



1- The application form is available here: or at the Registrar’s Office, ground floor, application unit.

2- For those who are not registered to a university, diploma, or Transitory Graduation Certificate.

3- For those who are registered to a university, a student certificate.

4- Two photos (colored, taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance. Your full face must be visible, easily recognizable). One of the photos will be pasted on the application form.

5- Receipt of the course fee per credit and application fee. 

6- Copy of your passport

7- Students who will take the course(s) as a Special Student and want to count these courses back in their own universities, should submit Faculty Administrative Board decision for undergraduate programs and Graduate Administrative Board decision for graduate programs taken from their own universities.

The required documents should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office ground floor by hand till18 October 2021 (by 17:00). After those procedures are completed, special students will be registered to the approved course/courses by Registrar’s Office.

Upon the submission of the above-listed documents, students should visit the page in order to get a user code and password, which they will need to access the course materials and to check their grades. Special students do not register courses interactively and their courses will be added manually by the Registrar’s Office.

Special student registration procedures are held on a semester basis, and candidates who will apply in the next semesters have to complete all procedures again.

In order to take graduate courses as a special student, it is not sufficient to send a letter from the student's own institute to the relevant institute. For registration, the procedures mentioned above should be completed.

Students who are actively registered to one of the state or private universities in Turkey at undergraduate and graduate levels are exempted from the course fee and application fee, except summer school.


International students studying in a Turkish university other than METU, international students who are studying in non-Turkish universities, and Turkish students studying in non-Turkish universities can apply for summer school courses by following the exact procedures of "special students" and can take a maximum of two courses in summer school. International students who are studying in a Turkish university other than METU need to pay double the amounts stated in the following link: who are studying in non-Turkish universities need to pay the amounts stated on the "Special Students" page. You can find the necessary information on special students from the following link:


Special Student applications are made for one semester. For the next semesters, the application must be renewed. If the applicant wants to be a special student for the following semesters, the application is required but the application fee is waived.

Non-credit courses (Except for Non-thesis evening programs Graduate Seminar and Term Project) are paid as two credit courses.

Instructors, administrative staff, and technical personnel in METU (except part-time instructors) pay the course fee per credit with a 50% reduction. People in the abovementioned situation should present a copy of their academic identity card and show the original one or they should present a document taken from the Directorate of Personnel Department about their designation procedures.


Turkish citizens (Special Student): 125 TL
Non-Turkish Students (Special Student): 55 $

Turkish citizens (Special Student): 350 TL
Non-Turkish Students (Special Student):250 $

The special student course fees for the courses of Evening Non- Thesis Master's Programs are different and these fees are available on this link:


Students may ask for a refund for their course fee and application fee payments within the given dates on the Academic Calendar. For refund requests, students should fill the Payment Refund Application Form (available here: and submit it to the Registrar's Office by attaching the payment receipt. Therefore, it is recommended to keep a personal copy of the payment.


For students who want to take some courses as a special student from non-thesis evening master programs, there is no tuition exemption or reduction. The special student course fees for the courses of Evening Non- Thesis Master's Programs are different and these fees are available on this link: Before making the payment, applicants need to see the Tuition Fee Office (Dean's Office of the Faculty of Arts and Science/ 2nd Floor) and get a letter for payment. The application and registration procedures are the same except one copy of the bank receipt should be given to the Department Secretary.


Please see the tuition fee amount webpage:


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